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Tony Bennett's ACC tournament memories

When Virginia Coach Tony Bennett played for the Charlotte Hornets, he went to Greensboro, N.C., with his pastor and fiancee (now wife) Laurel for the ACC tournament. It was 1995, and he watched Wake Forest's Randolph Childress hit a buzzer-beater against North Carolina to win the tournament.

Fifteen years later, that experience stays with Bennett as he prepares to coach in the ACC tournament in the same arena as Childress's shot.

"I remember, that was the first time I had seen an ACC game even though I'd been in Charlotte for three years playing for the Hornets," Bennett said. "I remember how impressive it was. And certainly, as the years go in and you're in conference tournaments of your own -- whether it was the Big 10 for me or the Pac-10 in the Staples Center -- there's something special. It's such a longstanding one, with such a great reputation and most the time has been in Greensboro. I think most people understand in the country. Even being out in the Midwest and the West coast, you understand the ACC tournament as being the best."

By Zach Berman  |  March 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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